Muliyan

Who We Are

We are a national collaboration of practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers, funders, and community organisations who share a commitment to provide better care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Each member of the consortium has significant experience in educational research praxis and in embedding and monitoring the quality of Indigenous Health and cultural safety education and training.  Members of the consortium collectively hold track records in undertaking research projects that have led to health workforce and systems reform  and our intention through this Consortium is to create collaborative change or change in the ways we conduct research together. 

Muliyan is both research arm of CATSINaM and a community of research praxis or community of independent academics/educational researchers working in Nursing and Midwifery education and training.  Not all members are nurses and midwives but all members are affiliated or aligned with the values, principles and goals of CATSINaM and Indigenist and decolonising Research. 

The Consortium is a semi-independent entity and evolving research network hosted by CATSINaM.  The establishment of the Consortium has been partly supported by a grant from the Lowitja Institute to grow excellence in Indigenous health and cultural safety training and education for nurses and midwives.  The Consortium have been gifted a language name  ‘Muliyan’ which means eagle in Ngunnuwal language.  This name was gifted following discussions with Ngunnwual Elders and the process we undertook as a collective to identify the symbols and images that represent who we are and what we our aspirations are (see the Indigenist Health and Cultural Safety Education Research Consortium: Decolonising Nursing and Midwifery Gathering Report for more details).   

Muliyan -The Eagles Eye View

The origins of the name we’ve chosen for our Consortium lie in a place and a time when we gathered around a fire that continues to burn in Ngunnuwal and other First Nations Countries.  This fire is a significant, sacred and living symbol and metaphor for First Nations peoples.  
The origins of the word gifted to us by Ngunnuwal Elders to use in our shared work, lie in Ngunnuwal Country and language where the Aboriginal Tent Embassy fire still burns.  Muliyan is a Ngunnuwal word for Eagle as Uncle Kevin explained.  It refers to a significant story for the region around Canberra and for us the more strategic eagles eye view we seek in our quest to grow wise practice and evidence based policy and standards in Indigenous nursing and midwifery.  The way we name ourselves is reflected in the logo that represents our shared vision.  

Founding Members

Prof. Roianne West
Prof. Roianne West

Kalkadoon and Djunkda Nations Aboriginal

Ms. Marni Tuala
Marni Tuala

Bundjalung Nation
Aboriginal

Ms. Jessica Armao
Jessica Armao

Non Indigenous Australian

Dr. Vicki Saunders
Dr. Vicki Saunders

Gunggari Nation
Aboriginal

Prof. Roianne West
Dr. Holly Northam

Non Indigenous Australian Living and working on Ngunnawal Country

Ms. Marni Tuala
Prof. Yvette Roe

Njikena and Jawruru Nations Aboriginal

Ms. Jessica Armao
Prof. Juanita Sherwood

Wiradjuri Nation
Aboriginal

Dr. Vicki Saunders
Melanie Syron

Biripi and Woorimi Nations
Aboriginal

Prof. Roianne West
Dr. Lynne Stuart

Mandandanji Nation Aboriginal

Ms. Marni Tuala
Prof. Adrian Miller

Jirrbal Nation
Aboriginal

Ms. Jessica Armao
Dr. Lynore Geia

Bwgcolman Nation
Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander

Dr. Vicki Saunders
Ms. Venessa Curnow

Ngarkat, Ait Keodal, Sumu Nation Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander

Prof. Roianne West
Dr. Tamara Power

Wiradjuri Nation Aboriginal

Ms. Marni Tuala
Assoc Prof. Linda Deravin

Wiradjuri Aboriginal

Ms. Jessica Armao
Mr. Ali Drummond

Meriam le and Wuthathi Nations

Dr. Vicki Saunders
Dr. Fiona Rowe Minniss

Non Indigenous Australian Living and working on Yugambeh Nation

Prof. Roianne West
Prof. Karen Adams

Wiradjuri Nation
Aboriginal

Acknowledgement of Country

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Nation.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to Countries, Creator, Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.

CATSINaM is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, videos, voices and names of people who have since passed away.